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Thijs Porck deposited An Old English Love Poem, a Beowulf Summary and a Reference Letter from Eduard Sievers: G. J. P. J. Bolland (1854–1922) as an Aspiring Old Germanicist in the group Early Medieval on Humanities Commons 1 month ago
This article calls attention to documents relating to the early academic life of G. J. P. J. Bolland (1854–1922). During the late 1870s and early 1880s, Bolland was enthralled by the study of Old Germanic languages and Old English in particular. His endeavours soon caught the eye of Pieter Jacob Cosijn (1854–1922), Professor of Germanic Phi…[Read more]
A critical historiographical overview of art historical approaches to early medieval material culture, with a focus on the British Museum collections and their connections to religion.
This paper examines the nature and basis of the competition between the dynasty based in Moray, to which the famous MacBeth belonged, and the mainline of Scottish kings.
The title is a terrible editorial imposition. This article argues that the term ‘Scotland’ though not attested before the late ninth-century (for Ireland) and the early tenth (for Alba) was probably already in use as the Northumbrian English term for Dál Riata in the time of Bede and certainly by the beginning of the Viking Age.
This paper attempts to correlate Bede’s account of the British king Caedualla, to whom he attributed Edwin’s death, with the information provided by Historia Brittonum and the Harleian pedigrees. It is suggested, inter alia, that his identification with Cadwallon ap Cadfan may be in error.
This paper examines the career and reputation of perhaps the longest reigning Pictish king, Onuist son of Urguist, who was a contemporary of Offa of Mercia.
This brief note reconsiders the standard translation of a brief passage in the Annals of Ulster and considers the implications of this alternate view.
In the nineteenth century the Pictish kingdom of Fortriu and the site of
the Battle of Nechtansmere were located by scholars in Menteith and
Strathearn and at Dunnichen in Forfarshire respectively. These identifications
have largely gone unchallenged. The purpose of this article is to
review the evidence for these locations and to suggest that…[Read more]
Subhasis Chattopadhyay deposited Review of The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman in the group Early Medieval on Humanities Commons 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Wendy Laura Belcher has done her cultural work by queering Mother Walatta Petros’s life in this one of a kind book. The struggles of Mother Walatta Petros and her nuns and their heirs’ reluctance to enunciate same sex desire is brought out well in this book and its review in Prabuddha Bharata which has not missed an issue from 1896 to date. The…[Read more]
It is often claimed that the mortuary traditions that appeared in lowland Britain in the fifth century AD are an expression of new forms of ethnic identity, based on the putative memorialisation of a ‘Germanic’ heritage. This article considers the empirical basis for this assertion and evaluates it in the light of previously proposed ethnic con…[Read more]
Early medieval England is well-known for its assortment of royal saints; figures who, though drawn from nearly five centuries of pre-Conquest Christianity, are often best known from eleventh-century hagiography. Common among these narratives is the figure of the “wicked queen”–a woman whose exercise of political power provides the impetus for t…[Read more]
Das vandalische Afrika gilt als Musterbeispiel des „Kirchenkampfs“ zwischen
homöischen Barbaren und katholischen Römern. Kronzeugen sind Victor von Vita,
Fulgentius von Ruspe und Quodvultdeus von Karthago. Etwa 50 Jahre nach dem Ende
der Vandalenkönige inAfrika 533 kam es dagegen in Spanien zum Ausgleich zwischen
Katholiken und Homöer…[Read more]
Christian Cooijmans deposited An Adversary for the Ages: The Late Medieval Historiography of Viking Endeavour across the Low Countries. A Preliminary Survey in the group Early Medieval on Humanities Commons 5 months, 1 week ago
Throughout the ninth and early tenth centuries, the maritime and riverine landscapes of northwestern Francia had been subject to recurrent acts of viking aggression. Resonating in the minds of many consecutive Netherlandish authors, these agents continued to feature in an extensive regional corpus of late medieval historiography. Whilst many…[Read more]
McGinn is a well known name in Roman Catholic circles and deservedly so. His multi-volumes’ history of Christianity is THE standard work in his field. But as far as this more concentrated book is concerned, the review shows how he should have been more careful in locating the ontologies of both Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan. The book under…[Read more]
An article that contrasts the role of gift giving in Old English poems like Beowulf and The Battle of Maldon to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Alfred the Great (1969) was the first, and remains the only, feature-length film portraying the West Saxon king and his conflicts with the Danes. Forty-seven years later, Bernard Cornwell’s novels have been adapted for television as The Last Kingdom (2015–). Despite being fictional adaptions of historical events, and despite the considerable sep…[Read more]
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